north florida - steinhatchee

By: marsHen , 9:38 AM GMT on June 12, 2012

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05:20, 72F, misty. waning half moon over the pecans to the east. woke big rooster. lil rooster already crowing. going trawling off steinhatchee, home of scallops..
09:30, 80's, SW wind 10-15 knts. 2-3 ft. seas. breakers on the outer sand bars. partly to mostly cloudy. water temps, 28-29C, 82-84F. our last two site, more inshore, the water temp. was 31C, 87.5F, on an outgoing tide. trawling for young of the year, YOY, gamefish, for habitat, diet, population, and genetic studies. YOY fishes like the seagrass meadows found all along the coast of the big bend. trawled up a few YOY hogfish, gags, and snapper. there were a lot of YOY black sea bass.
plus the usual seagrass denizens - pigfish, pinfish, pipefish, filefish, flounder, blowfish, oyster toadfish, scallops, andonandon.. great windy, bumpy day! with large catches, and a fair amount of by-catch, plus the seas, everyone got a good workout. 10 trawls.
18:10, 80's. back at the farm. gopher tortoise stumping across the limerock road to the farm. unloaded feed and hay. slight breeze. one of the guys gave me some smoked fish! supper. got 2 eggs.
2 amazing YOY pileated woodpeckers flying around in the cedars by the donkey water! their colors were brand new.
20:10, 80F, still. fawn in sheep field.
21:20, 79F, stars..

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About marsHen

marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.